As you might expect, your main concern in the cleaning and maintenance of interior water features will be the moss and algae which are bound to show up on the fountain bowls, bases and the pumps feeding water to them. This proliferation of green slime is more pronounced for exterior fountain décor than for interior ones because bright sunlight promotes the growth of algae.
Another thing you will have to remove are the mineral precipitates from water, which accumulate both on the bowl and in the pump due to their prolonged immersion in water. Depending on whether your fountain is under direct sunlight or in the shade, cleaning and maintenance of interior water features may have to be done between once every month and once every three months.
Do The Draining
The first step to take in the cleaning and maintenance of interior water features will be draining the fountain dish. This shouldn’t be difficult if your fountain has a drain. In case it doesn’t, you might find a way to adjust the flow of water from the pump so that it doesn’t cycle back but goes through and out. Siphoning is another option for draining the dish, only if the dish is higher than ground level. For ponds, leasing an electric pump will do the job.
A good scrubbing will always make a better job of the cleaning and maintenance of interior water features than chemicals which kill algae. First, you need to scrape of any thick layers of slime before starting to brush the dish and base with an abrasive material. Metal fountain dishes could be scratched by brushing, so use coarse acrylic pads to scrub them instead. Apply hot water and washing detergent to wash off the debris from the bowl and base.
Remove Dirt From Your Pump
Equally as important is removing the algae and mineral deposits from your water pump, since these deposits can clog up and damage your pump. Most pumps come with instructions on how to dismantle them. If your pump doesn’t, ask a friend who may know or pay a technician to do it. After the parts have been isolated, immerse them in a vinegar solution to soften the water deposits. Then use a tooth brush with durable bristles, some hot water and washing detergent to brush the parts of the pump.
Obviously, if you live in a hard water area, you might have to clean your pump as often as once a month. In this regard, it is important for you to be observant of the performance of your water pump. Should you see that it isn’t pumping water as fast as usual, that means it’s time to clean it.
You should also be on the lookout for the water level in your pump. Don’t ever allow the level to recede so as to cause your pump to burn up. Some pumps come with a water level gauge, but if yours doesn’t, check the water every day.
For cleaning and maintenance of interior water features in winter, you should store your fountain and pump inside the house. Because some fountains cannot be detached, you will need to dry the dish thoroughly, fill it thoroughly with water absorbent cloth and cover everything with a thick waterproof material.